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Adams Morgan dinner tonight

hamster Mar 25, 2011 12:52 PM

If I have to eat in this neighborhood tonight, which restaurant would you pick for best food? Can't go too expensive, so no Cashion's. Otherwise, extremely casual to medium-casual is fine.
Is there seating in that Super Tacos place on Columbia Rd? I haven't been there in a long time.
Is the food at the Diner at all acceptable?

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    Jeserf RE: hamster Mar 25, 2011 01:18 PM

    If I was going to eat in Adams Morgan, I'd go to the Black Squirrel despite the bouncer who assaulted my then-fiance because I didn't have my ID (for an early dinner). The food is above solid, especially for that area. We actually miss going because it's so good - we might have to try to brave it again. With ID this time.

    The Black Squirrel
    2427 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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      mselectra RE: hamster Mar 25, 2011 02:02 PM

      hamster -- if it's not too late -- I think the old Pepitos, Super Tacos, has a couple stools. What about Old City? Haven't you recommended that before? There's also a Pica Taco in the Argonne Building, on Harvard. For less casual than those, I haven't been in a long time, but liked the food at Bourbon. At the Diner I would only order eggs or maybe grilled cheese. (Tryst has some okay sandwiches and a new build your own salad menu that's not bad.) If you'd be able to go a little further, into Mt Pleasant, the pint and a slice deal at Radius is great. Not sure any of this is what you're looking for, just trying to be a little helpful.... Oh and there's also those couple Peruvian chicken places.

      Old City Cafe
      1773 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

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        spinachandchocolate RE: hamster Mar 25, 2011 04:19 PM

        You haven't mentioned any cuisines so it's kind of hard to make a suggestion. There's Perry's, Astor's and Wok & Roll (I do like their sushi!).

        Wok & Roll
        1371 Beverly Rd, Mc Lean, VA 22101

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          hamster RE: hamster Mar 26, 2011 11:18 AM

          Thanks for all the suggestions guys. My friend actually had a great idea to try out the new Korean karaoke place, because she'd heard good things about the food. Muzette, right underneath Himalayan Heights at Kalorama. We really enjoyed it a lot, and this was a tough Asian food-eating crowd. Though certainly a little expensive (as Korean always is), I would say this is a lot better than my experiences at Mandu. They have a lot of rice dishes, noodle dishes, those big pancake things, soups, quite a long menu. My friend and I shared those noodles they make out of sweet potato, cooked perfectly with veggies. Very very nice. And we shared a HUGE vegetable pancake. Servings are large. The panchan were also delightful. These people are serious about food quality. I am looking forward to trying some more dishes.

          The decor is sparse and there was a distractingly strong smell of disinfectant cleaner in the air, but the food is totally worth it!

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            marcj RE: hamster Mar 26, 2011 12:27 PM

            Sounds great. How was the karaoke?

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              hamster RE: marcj Mar 26, 2011 08:49 PM

              Didn't try the karaoke this visit! It is all private rooms you rent out for the hour.

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                marcj RE: hamster Mar 27, 2011 07:51 PM

                Wow, so the real, Korean-style karaoke. I don't know where they fit all those rooms in that building (doesn't look very big from the street), but based on your rec it sounds like it's worth a visit to at least try the food, and if my pipes are in order, maybe belt out a few.

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                  hamster RE: marcj Mar 30, 2011 07:52 AM

                  Absolutely. It seems like it's the whole basement space for the entire building, pretty big. We were there on a Friday night and there was no wait for a table; I think either no one knows about this place yet, or it picks up late-night.

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            Elyssa RE: hamster Mar 27, 2011 08:09 PM

            I actually like the food at The DIner. When I lived in the neighborhood I ate there quite often. Other good spots: Grill from Impanema, New Orleans Cafe, Bourbon, L'Enfant, and Casa Oaxaca.

            Casa Oaxaca
            2106 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

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